Daniel Yale

Daniel Yale

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Due in part to the feedback given to the group over the weekend and because of their connections with Valve, Canonical did an about-face today.They’ve suggested that feedback from gamers, Ubuntu Studio, and the WINE community led them to change their plan and will “build selected 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu 19.10 and 20.04 LTS.Whether this will change Valve’s future with Ubuntu Steam, we’ll see.“Community discussions can sometimes take unexpected turns, and this is one of those,” said a Canonical representative this afternoon.They suggested that after they’d released Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, they’d had “extensive threads on the Ubuntu-devel list, and “consulted Valve in detail on the topic.” They didn’t see any issues with the changes they were about to make with Ubuntu 20.04.Clearly someone forgot to speak up.
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TVs are getting more and more advanced every year.If you’ve been living your life in 1080p and planning to upgrade to 4K TV, you may want to check out this deal on the Sony 49-inch Bravia 4K HDR LED TV.It combines High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 4K Ultra HD resolution to deliver superior picture quality with exceptional detail, color, brightness, and contrast.This TV boasts a newly developed 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme which takes everything you watch and upgrades it to near 4K HDR quality.An object-based HDR Remaster technology can recognize, analyze, and optimize each object individually to adjust the overall contrast, resulting in a more natural and realistic picture.It also comes with X-Motion Clarity, a revolutionary feature from Sony that refines action on the screen in real time with an incredible refresh rate for a brighter and clearer quality.
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When Erik Brunetti in 2011 first tried to obtain a trademark for his clothing company FUCT, the US Patent and Trademark Office blocked his application.The USPTO relied on a portion of the Lanham Act that allows trademarks to be denied if they "[consist of or comprise] immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter."On Monday this week, the US Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision affirmed a December 2017 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that found the act's trademark limitation violates the US Constitution's First Amendment guarantee of free speech.Pointing at its own 2017 ruling in Matal v. Tam, which said the USPTO could not deny music group The Slants a trademark just because the term might offend some people, the Supreme Court told the agency in so many words to get FUCT on its registry."[T]he 'immoral or scandalous' bar is substantially overbroad," the majority opinion, from Justice Elena Kagan, reads."There are a great many immoral and scandalous ideas in the world (even more than there are swearwords), and the Lanham Act covers them all.
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Two of Hearthstone’s most powerful cards, Vanish and Mind Blast, will soon head for the Hall of Fame.These cards have been abnormally powerful in the most basic sense of the phrase since I started playing the game – they’re so good, they’d be in almost every deck against which I played, regardless of intent.The game Hearthstone is broken into a set of 9 different classes, each with their own subset of available cards with which they can play the game.According to the creators of Hearthstone, the cards Vanish and Mind Blast did not fit the game’s “established class identities.” They’ve decided that a priest class character probably wouldn’t be delivering a blast of evil magic directly to the brain of their opponent.Priest, said a Hearthstone representative, is meant to control the board, rather than deal direct damage.There are cards like this card in other classes, but destroying what’s most often 1/6th of a player’s life in one shot, for two mana, isn’t what the Priest is supposed to be able to do.
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It's a big year for Uber.The first name in ride-hailing is arguably the biggest IPO of 2019, along with a reported confidential filing with the top U.S. stock market regulator.This has stoked the fires of rampant speculation on Wall Street, and some analysts are predicting the company could be worth as much as $120 billion.With such eye-popping numbers, it's difficult to remember a time when the 10-year-old company wasn't the juggernaut it is today.Uber currently has more than 2 million drivers ferrying passengers in more than 63 countries.But back in August 2008, founder Garrett Camp was laying out his dream of a "next-generation car service" in a slideshow on his computer.
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Coffee may have anti-obesity effects due to its ability to stimulate the body’s brown fat, according to a new study.Brown fat is one of two types of adipose tissue found in humans; unlike its white counterpart, brown fat burns calories in order to generate body heat, promoting a lower body mass.Larger quantities of brown fat are found in people with lower BMIs, having the added effect of helping protect against obesity-related conditions.The study comes from the University of Nottingham, where researchers found that coffee stimulated brown fat in humans, though it’s unclear whether that stimulant effect was caused by the caffeine or some other compound in the beverage.The findings were made possible by the use of a thermal imaging technique that determines the heat-producing capability of brown fat stores in the body.As part of their research, scientists had study participants drink coffee, then they monitored the individuals’ brown fat to see if it produced more heat after consuming the beverage.
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The 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity last week answered a nagging question for me: Is all this chatter about brands being more human authentic or just marketing speak?After several days attending speeches and panels and seeing awards won along the Croisette, it became clear that our industry’s focus on empathy is not just a bunch of talk.Don’t get me wrong: Not everyone in our massive brand marketing ecosystem “gets it.” We all know from our experiences as consumers what bad marketing looks like, and its faults usually center on disingenuous messaging.There are a few statistical reasons for these trends, too; namely that 70% of consumers trust other consumers’ product recommendations more than what brands suggest online, while 58% of millennials hate advertising.Not to mention that studies in the past have stated that as many as 84% of millennials don’t trust ads.Brands like Pepsi, with its widely panned “purpose-minded” TV ad starring Kendall Jenner in 2017, often don’t help.
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A new 16-inch MacBook Pro could be just months away, according to tech analysts IHS Markit.In an email shared to subscribers, Jeff Lin, the firm’s associate director of consumer electronics, said the device could make a splash at Apple’s September 2019 event “if there’s no unexpected development issue.”Rumors have been swirling in recent months of an all-new 16-inch MacBook Pro, and this latest news adds fuel to the fire.Reliable analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has previously stated that a redesigned 16-inch MacBook Pro was on the horizon, for example, and with the last design update coming in 2016, the time could be right for a new look for the MacBook Pro.Currently, Apple’s largest notebook is the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro.Apple often reserves many of its high-end features and components — such as eight-core Intel Core i9 processors and Radeon Pro Vega graphics cards — for its largest MacBook Pro models, so it could have something special in store for a 16-inch device.
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We see this all the time—the let-down sequel to a great movie or the indulgent sophomore follow-up to a brilliant debut album.It also applies to cars; ask any fan of the Mk2 VW Golf for their opinion of the Mk3 as proof.As humans we fall in love, too easily perhaps, with inanimate objects.Which is a long-winded way of saying I was actually a little scared when I fired up the 2019 Audi A7 for the first time.It follows the same script as before: lighter and less loaded down the A8 flagship, sleeker and more driver -ocused than the mainstream A6, but it's still built from the same toolbox and parts bin that Audi (and the rest of Volkswagen Group) call MLB Evo.It looks a lot like the car it replaces, but with sharper creases in the panels and some funky LED matrix headlights and LED tail lights that are meant to make it easier for you to see in the dark (as well as making you easier to see).
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Did you know that you can add text to Snaps before sharing them to your profile?Our guide will show you how this works.Note: These screenshots were captured in the Snapchat application on iOS.Step 1: Once you’ve taken a photo or video Snap, tap the “T” in the top-right corner of the screen.Note: You can also edit existing Snaps that are saved in your Memories.Step 2: Type your desired text.
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A new way to explore some of the tiniest life on the planet could have a huge impact on efforts to replace fossil fuels with green alternatives, make crops resistant to drought, and even clean up the environment, researchers have announced.Dubbed BONCAT, the technique allows scientists to better investigate the mysteries of life right under our feet, in the very soil itself.Microbial life is the most abundant around, with billions of cells spanning tens of thousands of species found in even the tiniest sample of soil.That has led to a significant knowledge-gap in laboratories.Unfortunately most won’t actually grow in those controlled conditions.Instead researchers have to investigate them in-situ, where the huge number of different types of microbial life makes identifying the role any single one plays almost impossible.
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Pi-Top today announced its latest model – the Pi-Top [4].Oh, and it’s not a laptop.That’s a weird one, because Pi-Top is known for its elaborate Raspberry Pi-based portable computers.In its early years, the company 3D printed its machines, but as time has dragged on, its computers have become increasingly sophisticated – and, dare I say, a bit more professional.The Pi-Top [4] comes in a square package and looks not too dissimilar from one of Intel’s NUC computers.It’s got a tiny footprint, but somehow manages to include a small integrated screen and a built-in battery.
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Huawei is launching its foldable Mate X in September and apparently the delay is more 5G-related rather than being all about avoiding Samsung's mistakes with the Galaxy Fold's plethora of issues.Initially slated for a June release, news of a delayed launch came just a couple of weeks ago, with a spokesperson from the company telling CNBC that "We don't want to launch a product to destroy our reputation."At the time, senior vice president Vincent Pang said that Huawei would endeavour to release its foldable phone as soon as possible, and since then, we've seen a patent for a new foldable design, that made us wonder if we'd see the previously unveiled one scrapped.In an interview with TechRadar, Pang has clarified a few things - one of which is that Huawei has definitely tested the crap out of the Mate X to avoid a Samsung incident, although he remained coy about the details, saying they were "a secret".He also confirmed that the Mate X is still going to be the same hardware that we saw earlier this year at MWC.The phone is "coming in September – at the latest," says Pang, "probably earlier, but definitely September is guaranteed."
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Facebook and Apple's cold war continued on Monday.Nick Clegg, Facebook's head of global affairs and a top lieutenant to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, suggested that the company is not an "exclusive club" like Apple.Clegg was parading Facebook's mission as a force for good in connecting the world at a time when it is facing unprecedented regulatory scrutiny.It is the latest strike in a long-running duel between Facebook and Apple after the Cambridge Analytica data breach became global news in March 2018.The two companies have been repeatedly dueling over privacy and their differing business models since the catastrophic Cambridge Analytica data breach became global news in March 2018."Some other big tech companies make their money by selling expensive hardware or subscription services, or in some cases both, to consumers in developed, wealthier economies.
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A new report from Bloomberg reveals how some of Amazon's marketplace sellers are suffering thanks to Trump's tariffs on Chinese imports.Many sellers source inventory from China but don't have the same negotiating powers as larger companies to shift costs onto suppliers.It's expensive to find other inventory sources, which could mean these sellers would be forced to raise prices for the consumer or to take a hit on margins.This could impact Amazon if sales dry up and it loses out on commissions.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Amazon's third-party sellers are particularly vulnerable to Trump's tariffs, and it could end up hurting the e-commerce giant.
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Bill Gates may not have been Microsoft CEO when Android arrived, but the outspoken billionaire still counts the software giant’s failure in the smartphone segment as his “greatest mistake.” While Microsoft may have had its own phone OS, in the shape of first Windows Mobile in 2000, and then Windows Phone in 2010, despite heavy investment the platform never managed to be anything other than a third option in the iOS vs Android war.Indeed, though it may have beat Android to market by years, Google’s platform quickly rose to the challenge.In 2007, for example, Windows Mobile had a whopping 42-percent of market share for smartphones in the US.By 2010, Microsoft’s platform was down to 7-percent, dropping to 3-percent the following year.Gates left Microsoft in 2000, leaving Steve Ballmer at the helm.However he’s not letting that stop him from taking some responsibility for how the company failed to rise to the smartphone challenge.
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CANNES, France—In less than eight years, they’ve worked their way up from junior creatives to ECDs, amassing a staggering 67 Cannes Lions along the way.But as the sun set on the final day of this year’s festival in Cannes, Juan Javier Peña Plaza and Ricardo Casal told Adweek it would also be their last day with the David agency network.The creative team developed such home-run ideas as Burger King’s “Whopper Neutrality” and the Cannes Grand Prix-winning “Google Home of the Whopper,” which turned Google Home devices into unwitting marketing vehicles by asking in an ad, “OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?”This year, they led the creation of three Super Bowl ads for three different clients (Budweiser, Devour and Burger King).In Cannes last week, they took home 10 Lions, including gold in Film for the “BK Bot” campaign that pretended to use AI copywriting to create hilariously flawed commercial scripts.They have not announced what their next career move will be.
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Bitcoin jumped 10 percent over the weekend to surpass $11,000 (£8,637) for the first time in more than a year on Monday, on optimism that industry watchers said was in part due to Facebook’s launch of its Libra cryptocurrency last week.Others cited a more generally mature environment around cryptocurrencies, which has seen Bitcoin more than double in price since March.The latest movements mean that Bitcoin has recouped more than half of the gains it lost last year, when it lost some three-quarters of its value.Those losses followed a huge rise over the course of 2017 that saw it jump from under $1,000 to nearly $20,000 by the end of the year.Bitcoin is now trading at its highest price since March 2018.eToro analyst Matt Greenspan said the latest rises were partly due to growing optimism by retail investors that Facebook’s Libra currency was part of a broader trend toward mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies.
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It looks like the launch of the OnePlus TV is happening this year and could well be immininet, according to a reputable leaker on Twitter.Ishan Agawal tweeted that the OnePlus TV isn't "very far away" and could be "soon" which is still very vague, and it's likely that India will be amongst the first countries to see it, as the brand is hugely popular there, making it the ideal place to launch.Specs and pricing remain a mystery, but talking about OnePlus TV last year, CEO and founder Pete Lau, stressed that connectivity was a big feature, so we expect some measure of integration with the company's smartphones.Late last year, Lau indicated a possible 2020 shipping date for India, but admitted that a date for a western market launch didn't even exist in potentia.So who knows if and when we'll ever see it.What we do know is that OnePlus wants it to be cheap enough to rival the competition, with a high enough quality to carve out a place for itself in the market.
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In these days of porch piracy run amok, it's not a bad idea to install an outdoor security camera.You can get alerts of deliveries, unexpected activity and potentially even criminals at work.I've long been intrigued by the Ring option, but less enthusiastic about the $200 price tag.Thankfully, it just got a lot more affordable: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Good Guys Electronics via Rakuten has the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $124.99 with promo code GG25 -- the lowest price I've seen yet.There's no charge to get one, but of course it means signing up with an email address and password.CNET reviewed the Ring Video Doorbell 2 in 2017 and gave it 3.5 stars.
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